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2015 WINTER DINING GUIDE

It's time for our annual roundup of the best in Connecticut dining,featuring both our readers' choices and our experts' picks in more than 30 cuisine categories, from American to vegetarian.

BEST PIZZA IN CONNECTICUT

READERS' CHOICE 

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Connecticut Today

'American Idol' Contestant Nick Fradiani of Connecticut Makes Top 9

'American Idol' Contestant Nick Fradiani of Connecticut Makes Top 9

Will Nick Fradiani now make the Top 8 on 'American Idol.' Tune in April 1 to find out.

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Connecticut Lawyer Plays Crucial Role in Robert Durst ‘Jinx’ Case

Connecticut Lawyer Plays Crucial Role in Robert Durst ‘Jinx’ Case

After 33 years of fighting for justice in the murder of her WestConn friend, Ellen Strauss finally feels vindicated.

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Yankees Beat Red Sox for Connecticut Fan Base; Mets Way Behind

Yankees Beat Red Sox for Connecticut Fan Base; Mets Way Behind

A new poll shows Connecticut is Yankees territory but there are still far more Red Sox than Mets fans.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Spring Menu at Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook as Gorgeous as Water Views

Spring Menu at Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook as Gorgeous as Water Views

If Fresh Salt's menu is tempting, hearing chef Leslie Tripp break down the dishes takes temptation and kicks it up a notch.

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Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Not on Final Nominee List for James Beard Award

Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Not on Final Nominee List for James Beard Award

Three Connecticut chefs, Tyler Anderson at Millwright's, Joel Viehland at Community Table, and Bill Taibe of LeFarm and The Whelk, are nominated for a James Beard Foundation best chef award.

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New Haven Restaurant Week Serves Delicious Bargains March 22 to 27

New Haven Restaurant Week Serves Delicious Bargains March 22 to 27

New Haven Restaurant Week will take place from March 22 to 27, offering prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner at 32 of the city's restaurants.

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Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Best Bets: Neil Diamond, Improv Comedy, Garden Expo & More

Weekend Best Bets: Neil Diamond, Improv Comedy, Garden Expo & More

This weekend's five best bets include an encore performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Neil Diamond, a farm and garden expo in Trumbull and the second annual Hartford Improv Festival.

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'Book of Mormon' Producer Roger Berlind, of Connecticut, on His Life and Bright Future for Broadway

'Book of Mormon' Producer Roger Berlind, of Connecticut, on His Life and Bright Future for Broadway

Stephen Sondheim has said that Roger Berlind is the best kind of producer.

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Weekend Best Bets: Aretha Franklin, Irish Parades, Comic ‘Nobodies’, Antiques …

Weekend Best Bets: Aretha Franklin, Irish Parades, Comic ‘Nobodies’, Antiques …

On the first weekend of spring it may still look like winter, especially with a snowstorm forecast for Friday, but fear not—the snow and cold simply can't hang on much longer. And anyway, the "hot" stuff happening across the state this weekend will warm you up.

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Style & Shopping

'Mad Men' Era Fashion Photographer William Helburn Celebrated in a Book

'Mad Men' Era Fashion Photographer William Helburn Celebrated in a Book

William Helburn’s eye is unsurpassed and he was born to photograph beautiful women.

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At Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, Industrial Items Become Home Style

At Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, Industrial Items Become Home Style

Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, features reclaimed industrial items repurposed as unique pieces for the home.

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'Boardwalk Empire' Props Being Sold in Online Auction by Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries

'Boardwalk Empire' Props Being Sold in Online Auction by Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries

Highlights from the auction include the leather chair and clock from main character Nucky Thompson’s office, as well as his birthday cake, hundreds of Boardwalk signs, 1920s liquor crates and more.

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Health & Wellness

Sweet Maria’s 25th Birthday Gift: Cakes to Make Smiles at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s

Sweet Maria’s 25th Birthday Gift: Cakes to Make Smiles at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s

Maria Bruscino Sanchez used the celebration of the bakery’s milestone to launch the “Cakes for Kids” initiative, which will benefit patients at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

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“i am a MoSaic” Photography Exhibit Puts a Face on Multiple Sclerosis

“i am a MoSaic” Photography Exhibit Puts a Face on Multiple Sclerosis

The collaboration between photographer Mike Marques and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter called "i am a MoSaic" aims to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. The exhibit will be on view at the Old Stamford Town Hall from March 10-May 10.

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Runner Raises Funds for Cancer Research on Road to Boston Marathon

Runner Raises Funds for Cancer Research on Road to Boston Marathon

Runner Jessica Fine Sowalsky is raising funds for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on her way to the Boston Marathon in April.

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History

The CT Files: The Barkhamsted Lighthouse

The CT Files: The Barkhamsted Lighthouse

A small community of outcasts in the woods served as a beacon to others.

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New Samurai Exhibit at Peabody Museum at Yale Cuts Through Myths

New Samurai Exhibit at Peabody Museum at Yale Cuts Through Myths

150 spectacular artifacts are on display in “Samurai and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace,” an exhibit at the Yale Peabody Museum that opens March 28 and runs through January 3, 2016.

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Bring Your Collectibles & Heirlooms to Appraisal Day at the Mattatuck Museum

Bring Your Collectibles & Heirlooms to Appraisal Day at the Mattatuck Museum

Professional appraisers will be on hand to evaluate your attic treasures, family heirlooms and other vintage objects.

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Connecticut Magazine

Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

Mar 26, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

January 2 - December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre former estate of Henri Bendel. With a working farm, handicapped accessible woodland trails, observatory, interactive art gallery and planetarium, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center is the ideal spot for your next company outing, off-site meeting or private...

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Opening Reception - “Personal Recollections: Gifts from Robert Dannin and Jolie Stahl”

Mar 26, 2015

Inspired by anthropological theories of gift-giving, Jolie Stahl and Robert Dannin recently donated a collection of 69 prints, photographs, and multiples to the Davison Art Center. The exhibition “Personal Recollections” will highlight this fascinating gift, which includes artwork from New York in the 1980s and 1990s, and iconic news photographs from members of the Magnum Photos...

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Outrageous and Courageous: CT Women and the Fight for Suffrage

Mar 26, 2015

In 1918, Edna Purtell of West Hartford was arrested four times in one day in Washington D.C. while demonstrating for woman's right to vote. That, and for climbing Lafayette’s statue crying “Lafayette, we are here!” Purportedly, a prison guard broke two of Purtell’s fingers when she refused to remove her green, purple-and-white-suffragist sash while in jail....

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Wilton Library’s Wine Tasting Benefit & Restaurant Showcase

Mar 26, 2015

Thursday, March 26 Wilton Library’s Wine Tasting Benefit & Restaurant Showcase, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Please join us for the Sixth Annual Wilton Library Wine Tasting Benefit & Restaurant Showcase, a delightful evening benefiting Wilton Library. Sample wines from around the world, courtesy of New Canaan Wine Merchants. Tasting notes and an overview will add to the evening’s...

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Introduction to Screenwriting with Katie Torpey

Mar 26, 2015 - Apr 9, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Thursday.

Katie Torpey is an award-winning Writer / Filmmaker with a Masters from UCLA Film School. She has worked for numerous studios & networks, sold several scripts, as well as written & directed for both TV and film. Some of her credits include writing the studio film “The Perfect Man,” writing & directing the award-winning independent film "Truth About Kerry,”...

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Stand-Up Legend and “Rescue Me” Star Lenny Clarke Headlines Comix at Foxwoods Beginning Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mar 26, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Comix at Foxwoods will play host to stand-up comedy legend and “Rescue Me” star Lenny Clarke for a hysterical three-night, four performance stand-up event starting on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. The legendary Lenny Clarke, a Cambridge, Mass. native, was the notoriously, and famously, known as the "saloon comic" in Boston during the 1980s, the heyday of the Boston...

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Jazz Combos

Mar 26, 2015

The WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 8 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Cassandra Wilson

Mar 26, 2015

Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday Cassandra Wilson, perhaps the greatest living jazz singer, comes to The Playhouse to offer a special tribute concert to Billie Holiday on the centennial of Lady Day’s birth. Wilson has the goods to honor Holiday: TIME magazine recognized her as “America’s best singer” and “the true heir of Billie...

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Host Homes Needed for Playhouse on Park’s NYC Actors

Mar 26, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

WEST HARTFORD, CT – Playhouse on Park is seeking families to host actors from New York during its 2014-15 Season. Length of time varies: a stay is 6 weeks on average, but can range from several days to 10 weeks. Actors require a private bedroom and access to a bathroom and kitchen. Hosts may volunteer yearly or as often as they desire. To learn more about this enriching experience,...

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EXHIBITION: New Media: Catherine Ross: Laugh Track

Mar 26, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015

New Media artist Catherine Ross frames instances on video that often go unnoticed in their original context. Isolating the movements of humans and/or objects, her videos create new sequences that reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. In Laugh Track (2013), she recontectualizes film clips of both men and women laughing. The result is a mini overture in which laughter...

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